Magazine article Journal of Property Management

IREM Ethics Enforcement: Part 2 of 3: Hearing, Conclusions and Findings

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

IREM Ethics Enforcement: Part 2 of 3: Hearing, Conclusions and Findings

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A continuation of Part 1 of 3, which examined "Complaint and Response."

If the IREM Ethics Inquiry Board has determined that the IREM Code of Professional Ethics may have been violated by a member, the complaint is forwarded to the IREM Hearing and Discipline Board and a hearing is scheduled. All of the supporting documentation is provided to the board members well in advance of the hearing.

IREM HEARING AND DISCIPLINE BOARD

The board holds hearings, which occur at national meetings, to give the complainant and IREM Respondent an opportunity to make statements and present witnesses, if they choose. The board members also have an opportunity to ask questions to understand the facts. All board members pledge to keep all proceedings and information confidential. Violation of confidentiality by a board member may result in loss of IREM membership for the board member.

After the hearing, the IREM Ethics Hearing and Discipline Board members convene in an executive session to consider the facts that have been presented to them and vote on whether or not there was a violation. Careful consideration is given to the evidence by the board, then they vote by secret ballot. If the respondent is found to have violated any part of the Code of Ethics, including the pledge, there are three possible disciplinary outcomes.

LETTER OF CENSOR

The first possible discipline, and the least severe, is a letter of censor. Upon receiving a letter of censor, the name of the member may or may not be published in the JPM*. …

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